Open Letter from Donna Jodhan to Mr. Philip Rizcallah, CEO, Accessibility Standards Canada

To: Mr. Philip Rizcallah CEO, Accessibility Standards Canada February 11, 2021 Dear Mr. Philip Rizcallah: On behalf of the Board of Directors of Barrier Free Canada, I want to congratulate you on your appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Accessibility Standards Canada. The work of the organization is an important component to the Government ofContinue reading Open Letter from Donna Jodhan to Mr. Philip Rizcallah, CEO, Accessibility Standards Canada

Canada Gazette, Part I, Volume 155, Number 7: Accessible Canada Regulations

Launch PDF: Canada-Gazette-02-13-2021-155-7. Canada Gazette, Part I, Volume 155, Number 7: Accessible Canada Regulations February 13, 2021 Statutory Authority Accessible Canada Act Sponsoring Department Department of Employment and Social Development Executive Summary Issues: It is estimated that 6.2 million Canadians have a disability, and this number is expected to grow. Therefore, the need to identify,Continue reading Canada Gazette, Part I, Volume 155, Number 7: Accessible Canada Regulations

Barrier Free Canada Response to the Publication of the Draft Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Accessibility Reporting Regulations

Barrier Free Canada – Canada sans Barrriès is a national non partisan grass roots organization. We were founded in November 2014 with the mission to lobby the Canadian Government to enact legislation for a barrier free Canada. Our main objective is to enable all Canadians with a disability, their friends, family, and associates to beContinue reading Barrier Free Canada Response to the Publication of the Draft Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Accessibility Reporting Regulations

A Barrier Free Canada – Canada Sans Barrières Statement

In late 2014, Barrier Free Canada – Canada sans Barrières was founded in response to a belief by a small group of individuals that the time had come for Canadians with disabilities to start lobbying the Federal Government to enact legislation for an Accessible Canada Act. It was strongly felt by those around the tableContinue reading A Barrier Free Canada – Canada Sans Barrières Statement

Understanding Barriers for People with Disabilities

An example of breaking down barriers for people with disabilities. What it takes to Create clear messages that contain important information to get to a person who is deafblind. My barriers may not be your barriers. The fact is one size does not fit all! Even within the population of Canadians who are deafblind thereContinue reading Understanding Barriers for People with Disabilities

The Accessible Canada Act Promises a Barrier-Free Canada for People with Disabilities. Will it Deliver?

December 3rd marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day when we commit to creating a more inclusive and accessible society for people of all abilities. This year, it coincides with the conclusion of the House of Commons hearings on Bill C-81—the Accessible Canada Act. Introduced last June, this piece of legislation has been decades in the makingContinue reading The Accessible Canada Act Promises a Barrier-Free Canada for People with Disabilities. Will it Deliver?

The Right To Accessible Information

One in five Canadians lives with one or more disabilities. Everyday these 6.2 million individuals encounter various barriers. These barriers prevent persons with disabilities from participating fully in all aspects of society. It is thus not surprising that 60 percent of complaints received by the Canadian Human Rights Commission relate to disability. High proportions ofContinue reading The Right To Accessible Information

Report: Impacts of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities

Report: Impacts of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/200827/dq200827c-eng.htm Related information: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/200827/dq200827c-info-eng.htm PDF (183 KB): https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/200827/dq200827c-eng.pdf This release is available in audio: https://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/dai/btd/othervisuals/other018 The video “Impact of COVID-19 on Canadians living with long-term conditions and disabilities, American Sign Language https://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/sc/video/coviD-19-sign-language is also available. Just over one-fifth of the Canadian population has one or more disabilities.Continue reading Report: Impacts of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities